Welcome back! Today we're going to deal with time fully and it's going to be really cool. Over the holiday break, we released a video and in it, I mentioned how our meeting with N'zoth confirms certain things to him. Now it's time to work out what that really means, and the good news is that it could salvage the whole situation excellently and set us up for some future stories.
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After years of build up in the game, N'zoth ended up going down as one of, at the time, World of Warcraft's worst villain defeat ever. I mean, certainly the war cinematic ever, it really did feel like squandered potential. Of course, N'zoth then turned up and showed us that it can kind of get worse.
But, what if I told you that Blizzard is trying to salvage this during the Valdrasa's campaign? We head all the way back to the Black Empire tens of thousands of years ago, and there we hear from a much younger N'zoth who says "I know you, what you were, what you will be." So, if it's tens of thousands of years ago, how does an N'zoth recognize us and how does he know what we'll become? I mean, as far as our experience goes, we defeated N'zoth and we are who we are now. Things changed, and this is why we've got to talk a bit about timelines. N'zoth and Nozdormu are two characters with a relationship with time.
N'zoth's blessing is an ability to really see all potential futures. Now, does he know which one of these will come to pass? No, he can just see what's going to happen in many different timelines. Nozdormu, however, he's a lot more anchored. He can see all the time ways, but the thing that makes him different is all to do with.
The timeline where we save Azeroth from the Legion, which of course he couldn't do, being trapped and everything. And where we defeat N'zoth, we also couldn't defeat, is what ends up happening. And this is interesting when we go back to Battle for Azeroth because throughout that expansion, the idea of us being his chosen Champion continually appears. There are enough breadcrumbs within that expansion to even suggest that N'zoth knew he would be defeated.
N'zoth has, I think, very clearly worked out that the only timeline where he is successful in his overarching goals is actually a timeline where we defeat him and save Azeroth from void in that instance, just after we save it from Legion and just before we save it from N'zoth and then of course head to the dragon Isles and go to Thaldrasis, and then travel back in time with that quest with Chromie and scene is off. So, literally how does N'zoth use this? Because to make sense of it, we can just take things from N'zoth's perspective. So, first, his demise, right? The death of N'zoth in Battle for Azeroth, let's cover that bit of time. In defeating N'zoth in The Crucible of Storms, we passed a trial, and this trial let N'zoth proceed with his plan to get the blade of the Black Empire into Sylvanas's hands, knowing she would pass it to N'zoth, who would then pass it to Ashara, who then would betray N'zoth.
And this worked. Ashara got the blade, and emboldened by having this very dangerous blade, she proceeded with her plan. Now, the thing is that we defeated N'zoth, and that proved to N'zoth that we were able to defeat Ashara again. Remember, he is a full Cosmic horror-like being. Think of how he experiences time.
So, in order to work out what timeline of all the things he can see that we're in, he sets a trail up for us. We defeat N'zoth in that, and that kind of he sort of sees okay, well in all the timelines where they defeated N'zoth, they also defeat Ashara. Therefore, I can proceed with my plan. So, Ashara then she gets the blade of the Black Empire, which he's going to use to kill N'zoth and because she has this, she is then lured into trying to get rid of him. Of course, we go into the Eternal Palace raid, we defeat Ashara and then he's able to escape. The blade eventually then falls to Wrathion, who would stab N'zoth's carapace with it.
And that's it, we never see the blade again. There are some theories that maybe N'zoth was able to put his Essence into the blade right sort of Escape. Maybe that is the case, maybe the blade still is in play, but assuming the blade is just gone somehow and the N'zoth was indeed destroyed. Then, was he destroyed? Well, the answer there is actually no, not really. Per Blizzard in interviews, the essence of the Old Gods, when one is defeated, will return to where it came from, you know, once their physical manifestation in the sort of you know in reality is destroyed.
Right, so the way that you kill a mortal, Mortal Soul goes to the Shadowlands, you kill an Old God and the Old God's Essence goes to wherever all gods come from. Maybe it's some crazy Dimension outside of space and time, who knows.
peculating about Yashar's coming back and we've had hints of an active Yogg Saron and this has all happened as we've had void ethereals spy on us for years. If you've done the Brawler's Guild or the trial of style, you'll have found out about the void ethereals who are spying on us, and that's the thing, there is a massive space-faring component to void who, outside of the Argus campaign, we have barely dealt with.
Now, if all of this seems super crazy to you, I'm going to make it really simple by, yeah, just bringing in a Marvel movie. N'zoth is basically like a villainous Doctor Strange, all right? That's the whole reason that Doctor Strange dies in Infinity War, he sees all the timelines and he sees that the only timeline where his side ends up winning overall is the timeline where he dies at the point where he died, doing what he died to achieve.
That's like the logic of Doctor Strange in Infinity War, right? So that's a little bit of an example of a sort of spooky character with a weird view of time operating and N'zoth is very much a character who works like that as well and that's why that voice line is so important. The only timeline that N'zoth wins in is the timeline that we Mortals are fighting for and that means that N'zoth's grand vision is still in play. Something is coming.
It may be a while, but it is coming. I mean, hell, Blizzard even put a god damn old God eye in the waters around the dragon Isles. Pretty obvious now, you know? Sure, we defeated death when we foiled his plans in the past, but that's just how the Old Gods work, right? They're these crazy Cosmic horror beings with a very different relationship to time. Think about what it would be like to be one. Think of even a movie like Arrival and its aliens. Think about time and perceptions. You see, that's basically how they're going to work.
In Warlords of Draenor, the Orcs have a choice to become "light-bound" or die. Interestingly, there is an alternate universe version of Garrosh who is light-bound, so it is possible that we will see him again in the future. The Nauru also play a significant role in this expansion, along with Urell, and it is commonly believed that Zira is involved as well. In the past, Warcraft was about fel-led Orcs rampaging through the Dark Portal, but this expansion could potentially see a reversal of that with a primarily Draenei army coming through the portal to conquer in the name of the light.
However, it's worth noting that the light and void are somewhat like sides of the same coin, so it's possible that Blizzard could decide to do this as one expansion. This would be an interesting development as it would not just be one faction attacking, but both light and void forces attacking at the same time.
Additionally, characters like Tyrellion and Illyria highlight that the light and void can exist together. It would be an exciting development if old gods reign from the sky, N'zoth's plan to bring about the future that Star Auger sees is fully in motion, and a desperate Alliance led by Tyrellion reaches out to Urell for help.
This could also lead to tension between the Horde and Alliance as they deal with the void. Overall, this expansion has the potential to be quite exciting, with lots of interesting developments and characters, thank you for watching and I'll see you next time!